Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Emergency personnel responded to a fire at Corbett Construction on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse on Monday.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Bill Elderbroom with the Syracuse Fire Department, the building is so compartmentalized that it made it very difficult to attack the fire. He said fire crews had to cut through the side of the building to let out some smoke. And to make things worse, Deputy Chief Elderbroom said there was a slight collapse on the mezzanine level inside.
All firefighters were pulled from the building. Elderbroom says they’re all safe and they believe everyone who was inside the building at the time of the fire made it out safely.
Chief Elderbroom says the next task is getting the fire completely out so it doesn’t rekindle and spread.
“Anytime you do have a fire burning this long though, one of your prime considerations is collapse of the structure. This is ordinary construction. So, it’s made of block and heavy timber wood. So, that way it gives us an opportunity to go in, open up the roof and see if we can get the smoke up, so we can go in and make a final attack on the fire,” Syracuse Deputy Fire Chief Bill Elderbroom said.
Three engines, a couple of trucks and a rescue squad were dispatched to the scene of the fire.
A portion of Erie Boulevard West around Van Rensselaer is blocked off at the moment. There’s no word on when it will reopen.
Initial reports were that a car and snowmobile were on fire. The Deputy Chief told us they weren't able to get an investigator inside right away to confirm, but they are starting that process and should know more soon.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.